BY RISHON SEABORN
As a part of University Spanish classes continuing cirriculums, Ángela Pradelli, author of “En Mi Nombre,” visited Salisbury University last month sharing her insight, knowledge and perspective on the historical topic her novel covers.
Pradelli’s books focus on the Argentinean dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. During this time Jorge Rafael Videla was in power and under his reign thousands of men, women and children were claimed to have disappeared.
Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo (The Mothers of the May Plaza) are a group of Argentinean mothers and grandmothers who formed an organization in support of locating their loved ones who were apart of the disappeared.
Within history this time period marks the Dirty War in which the voices of the revolutionists were silenced by the government and military officials.
Over 30,000 people have been claimed to have disappeared due to this political corruption. Babies were taken away from their mothers right after birth and were forced to be appropriated under a new life.
As of today, only 119 out of the 500 missing have been identified and located.
Pradelli began the lecture with “luto tiempo,” a poem that expressed grief for the lives that were taken.
It soon came to late that many of the children were kidnapped for the purpose of being trained as future military forces. They were taken from their homes and were assigned new identities and names.
The search for these missing children has been going on for over 38 years now and although few families have been reconnected, the search for reunion still continues this very day.
Pradelli’s novel tells the narrative of five survivors who went who endured the pain, torture and suffering of being kidnapped by the regime.
At the lecture, Pradelli talked about the struggles these people had to deal with and the importance of their stories. It is not often that the reunion between the disappeared and their families occur.
She published her book after years of extensive research and interviews.
“I found other people with their own story through my work,” Pradelli said.
This apart of Argentinean history is not forgotten but new discoveries are being recently revealed as more research and evidence are being found.
“It is a book that has two things: sad history and high emotions,” Pradelli said.
As a writer of the subject she is very passionate herself, she is always willing to enlighten other of this tragic event in history. The future statuses of the other hundreds of disappeared babies have hopes of being accurately identified through a difficult and tedious process.
Earlier in the year, President Barack Obama and President Mauricio Macri, the current president of Argentina, sat down to discuss the possibility of releasing U.S. documents pertaining to the Argentine regime.
This possibility could offer not only a new chapter to history but create a new identity for an individual and a country.